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i have taken the Royal Navy recruitment test before (3 years ago) and gained entry in to the forces as I passed! But recently I wanted to transfer within the RM and RN.

I Failed the test I have just done and because off that I have taken the test twice (passed once and failed once)! And feel that its was a f**k up as I clearly can do the test as I passed it to get in to the forces where I am currently today?!?!?!

Two points!
You have to take the most recent test as your result not any past recruit tests you have done... Which means I'm down as a fail!
Also I couldn't use the test I have already taken ... And passed as this is "out of date" being more than three years!


How many times can I take a test?? Some say two some say three???
Also does that there for count as my first attempt or my second?? As I have taken two but was unable to use the score from my past test due to it being out of date???

Any useful information would be much use!
 

Ninja_Stoker

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There are three versions of the Recruit Test. BR3 states that under normal circumstances only two attempts are permitted however under exceptional circumstances the AFCO Area Recruiting Manager (for recruits) or Captain Naval Recruiting (for those currently serving) can grant a waiver for a third and final attempt if twelve months have elapsed since last sitting the test and the circumstances are considered sufficiently exceptional.

As to the logic with regard the recruit test validity period of three years, this is determined by the psychologists at Qinetiq (or whatever they call themselves this week). It could be argued that we do not expect people to resit their GCSEs, A Levels or Degrees every three years. The argument goes that the psychometric test evaluates the intellectual capacity of the individual at a point in time to successfully complete the phase two training of any given branch. It works, too.

Basically, if you want to change branches, you have to meet the criteria at that point in time. Each branch has a different score. The more technical the branch, the higher the recruit test score required.
 

Ninja_Stoker

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How would this be for RAF and army? I have been given a chance to re take one in 4 months with the RN??
If you have been given the opportunity to resit the test for the RN in four months, you should be doing cartwheels and be content with your lot. Remembering to give yourself a slap for not revising.

As long as you have a sharp crayon, and the computer is plugged in, you should be OK with the BARB (Army) test. The RAF test is not dissimilar to the RN test with regard perceived 'difficulty'.

There's nothing stopping you applying for the Army and RAF simultaneously right now but each service has vision of multiple applications and the word 'desperate' may be mentioned when it comes to querying motivation. With regard the Army & RAF resit periods, you'd have to ask them. I'd imagine the retake parameters are similar otherwise the Monkey/Typewriter/Shakespeare analogy comes into play.
 
Slap for not revising? I did revise.....

I passed 3/4 sections highly as well enough to get all the branches I have been interested in! It was gutting that I failed the second and it wasn't that I haven't revised as I have done and it's not like I can't do these tests as I past one in the past....

My other question is why does this count as my 2nd test? Surly it should be one as my result from the first test was a pass and a good enough score to get what I wanted but I wasn't aloud to use that score as it was out off date... So surly this was my first now I am going to re do my second one?
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Slap for not revising? I did revise.....

I passed 3/4 sections highly as well enough to get all the branches I have been interested in! It was gutting that I failed the second and it wasn't that I haven't revised as I have done and it's not like I can't do these tests as I past one in the past....

My other question is why does this count as my 2nd test? Surly it should be one as my result from the first test was a pass and a good enough score to get what I wanted but I wasn't aloud to use that score as it was out off date... So surly this was my first now I am going to re do my second one?
Clearly inadequately. We count attempts, not just failed attempts.

There are three test versions. You cannot resit the same test version unfortunately.

The fact a test was passed three years ago doesn't mean it cannot be failed at a later date, as illustrated. Applicants need to demonstrate they have the intellectual ability to successfully complete phase two training at the point it is commenced.
 
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